Course Director 

Taryn Elise Herselman (Ma Aakash Ganga): is the director of Shakti Yoga Therapy Centre in Gauteng.

Taryn Elise is a qualified yoga therapist and internationally trained yoga teacher with over 8 years of teaching experience. She is also the director of Yoga Alliance International South Africa and AFRICA. 


  • Yoga Circle one year Yoga Teacher training course – August 2005 - South Africa
  • Yoga Vidha Gurukul certified Yoga teacher training course – March 2008 - India
  • Yoga Vidha Gurukul certified Advanced yoga training course – October 2010 - India
  • Yoga Vidha Gurukul certified Yoga Therapy training course – October 2011 -India
  • Aerial Yoga  ®  YAI-certified training course - November 2015 - South Africa
  • Transformational Yoga 500 level Teacher training course - Dec to Jan 2016 - New Delhi, India
  • Masters Degree in Psychological Research - WITS- 2016
  • Grand Master in Meditation course with Swami Vidyanand - Jan 2016 - Pondicherry, India
  • 200 hour TTC and Therapy course at Paramand Yoga Institute - Dec 2016 - Indore, India



  • Practicing Yoga since 1998
  • Teaching yoga since August 2005
  • Director of Shakti Yoga Centre since Jan 2008
  • Conducting 300 level Teacher training courses since March 2011
  • Director of Yoga Alliance International South Africa since August 2014
  • Director of Yoga Alliance International Africa since Jan 2016
  • Conducting 500 level Teacher training course since April 2016


Shakti Yoga TTC Guest Lecturers

Laura McDermid: is a Health Coach who uses a biofeedback device called “SCIO”. She assists client’s in reducing their stress and restoring balance by employing only natural products and methodologies.  Her background information is listed below:


- ND Vet Tech (Technical University of Pretoria)

- Metaphysics (Academy of Metaphysics)

- Biofeedback (Quantum Wellness Technologies)

- Hypnotherapy (IMDHA)

- Ethnomedicine (Translife Centre)



- 18 years in the pharmaceutical industry

- Private wellness practice since 2008

- Guest lecturer on physiology and the chakras at QWT since 2009

- Guest lecturer on Vedanta since 2016


Lisa Sommer (Ayurveda and Nutrition):

Originally from the US, Lisa has a strong background in Yoga,  having trained all over the world and works as an Ayurveda consultant in the Dainfern area.

Lisa teaches regular classes at Indie Yoga in Fourways, based on Ayurvedic principles and conducts cooking and nutrition workshops at SYC in Broadacres.


Lucy Ferrao (Anatomy lecturer): is a full time Physiotherapist working in the Fourways area.

She is also a 300 level qualified yoga teacher. Lucy combines her love of yoga with an anatomically safe practice in her practically oriented anatomy sessions.

Lucy obtained her degree at the University of the Witwatersrand

For more information view her profile on LinkedIn (


Lusya Lokhvitskaya (Pregnancy Yoga Teacher) 

For me personally, yoga is the best way to discover yourself and your body, to feel fulfilled and open a beautiful new world! I've been practicing yoga since 2007. While I was travelling in India in 2008 I practiced yoga for a month in Yoga Shri Ved Niketan Ashram and took part in a two week festival "International Yoga &Indian Music". In 2009 ( February) I completed a 20 day course at the Vedic Yoga and Massage Centre (Rishikesh). In 2009 (April) we brought a group from Kazakhstan to Yoga Parmarth Niketan Ashram (Rishikesh) as well as to Dharamsala, where we practiced Ashtanga Vinyasa in at the Vijay centre. After this, I continued practicing on my own. During 2009 Itaught Beginners yoga at "VedaTour"(Kazakhstan) During 2010 I participated in a two month Work as a Meditation programme at the Osho Ashram 2011 Shared Meditation knowledge in "" (Kazakhstan).

In February 2013 while I was pregnant, I completed a Yoga Instructor Course (with Yoga Mama). I taught yoga until the last week of my pregnancy in Kazakhstan ( and it always gave me extra energy, a positive attitude and peaceful mind. I continuing teaching Pregnancy Yoga in South Africa In January 2014 I completed a Yoga for Kids programme (Yoga Beez) in Johannesburg, South Africa.


SYC is a member of the YAI global yoga network